The Provincial Assembly of Sindh on Thursday unanimously passed a bill into law to upgrade the Indus Institute of the Higher Education in Karachi to a university.
Meanwhile, taking part in the debate on the bill before its passage into the law, the parliamentary leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Syed Sardar Ahmed, urged the government to set up a commission to monitor the workings of universities and hospitals in the private sector in order to make them accessible to the poor as well.
The government allotted land to these universities and hospitals at nominal rates, but the poor could not afford these institutions, Syed Sardar Ahmed added.
He said a private hospital in the city had recently refused to attend an emergency case before the family of the patient deposited Rs200,000. He said if the family had not arranged the money immediately, the patient might have died.
Anwar Mahar said the government should focus on hospitals and universities in the public sector. He said instead of promoting higher education, primary education should be made compulsory.
Nusrat Abbasi pointed out that universities were being set up but an academic atmosphere was non-existent. Law Minister Ayaz Soomro said the government was giving importance to the establishment of universities to spread educational opportunities.
Protecting the Indus Dolphins
Following the death of 24 Indus Dolphins between the Guddu and Sukkur barrages last year mainly due to use of poisonous chemicals by fishermen and dumping of the city waste, the government has installed modern instruments at 10 places to protect the dolphins, said the minister for wildlife.
Besides, a summary had been moved to the chief minister to impose a ban on fishing in the said area, added Dr Daya Ram.
Responding to questions and supplementary questions, the wildlife minister said a scheme worth over Rs96 million for the protection and conservation of the dolphin had been launched, but so far only Rs22m released.
When Arif Jatoi asked if it was not discriminatory that only foreigners were allowed bustard hunting, the minister said it was a federal subject and even after the 18th Amendment, the foreign ministry had been entitled to issue hunting permits to foreign dignitaries.